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The examination of the relationship between intoxication and addiction in American life and letters during the first half of the twentieth century. Crowley examines the transition from Victorian to modern paradigms of heavy drinking, focusing on representative fictions by W. D. Howells, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John O'Hara, Djuna Barnes, and Charles Jackson.
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Overview

The examination of the relationship between intoxication and addiction in American life and letters during the first half of the twentieth century. Crowley examines the transition from Victorian to modern paradigms of heavy drinking, focusing on representative fictions by W. D. Howells, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John O'Hara, Djuna Barnes, and Charles Jackson.
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Crowley (English, Syracuse U.) examines the relationship between intoxication and addiction in American life and letters during the first half of the 20th century. He focuses on representative fictions by authors such as W.D. Howells, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, defines the "drunk narrative," and considers the historical formation of alcoholism and earlier concepts of habitual drunkenness and their bearing on the social construction of gender roles. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870239441
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 11/16/1994
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 From Intemperance to Alcoholism in the Fiction of W. D. Howells 1
2 Memoirs of an Alcoholic: John Barleycorn 19
3 Bulls, Balls, and Booze: The Sun Also Rises 43
4 The Drunkard's Holiday: Tender Is the Night 65
5 The Infernal Grove: Appointment in Samarra 91
6 Transcendence Downward: Nightwood 115
7 After the Lost Generation: The Lost Weekend 135
Notes 159
Index 195
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